Mayor’s Update November 2019
Dear Residents and Business Owners,
When I first was asked to continue this column I said to myself, “500 words!! How will I ever find enough to say to fill a whole page?” Now that I have been writing this for several months, I am thinking about asking the editors to make my font size REALLY small so I can fit more on the page!
For example, there is an important topic I want to share regarding our affordable housing settlement with the courts, but I can't fit it in this newsletter. For more information please visit our town website at mendhamnj.org where I have posted a very detailed message.
We have also started a new section on our DPW page that will give you updates about road conditions. There, you can find information about the plans the County has for paving Hilltop Road and Mendham- Bernardsville Road.
The tennis courts at the corner of Orchard and Park are still on track. When we sent the design package out to bid the prices came in higher than expected. This result pushed our timetable back since we had to find the additional money to complete the project. We also had to comply with NJ State laws which require us to wait until November 1st to approve additional funds in our 2019 budget. From the date that we first received some rough estimates from contractors to the time we received bids a few things changed for the project. First, the cost of the paving material increased by about 18%. Then, test borings revealed that additional material would need to be removed and disposed of properly. Finally, the New Jersey Soil Conservation weighed in on the project and made recommendations. Based on those, we decided to add additional drainage under the courts to help prolong the life of the project. Long story short, we plan to have all approvals in place by mid-November and - weather permitting - the contractor will begin demolition before winter arrives in our Borough. We all look forward to dusting off our rackets sometime in late Spring or early Summer!
Holly Trail is right around the corner: Saturday, December 7th. Once again, the Mendham Business Association will sponsor our town-wide holiday event. Participating businesses will display the signature candy cane sign out front. The schedule of events can be found on the MBA website at www.mendhambusiness.com.
This year the MBA will be utilizing the Phoenix House for “visits with Santa”. We are honored to show off Joyce and her team’s efforts to beautify the parlor of the Phoenix House. It’s a great opportunity for a family photo.
Later in the month I will personally be sponsoring a Hanukkah mantel for any who would like to take a family photo.
Did you know…
There is a Mendham in Suffolk, eastern England. This English Mendham was the original home of the settlers who made their way to Mendon, Massachusetts. In the early 1700’s our Massachusetts forefathers made their way south and settled our town of Mendham. Those of us who enjoy a night out at the Pub can thank Ebenezer Byram for moving his family here from Mendon and opening up the Black Horse Tavern!
A warm and heartfelt Thanksgiving to you all. May your bounty be plentiful!
Christine Serrano Glassner
Mayor, Mendham Borough